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Wednesday 13 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A gift of new medical equipment and materials from Dongguan City in China were handed over to Vaiola Hospital in Nuku'alofa on June 12.
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Wednesday 13 June 2018

Singapore
The United States has disinvited China from this summer’s 26-country Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise. The move has been played up as a potential indication that the US may finally be adopting a tougher approach toward China. Mattis himself has called the decision an “initial response” to China’s militarization of the South China Sea. ... The Pentagon has flaunted its capability to demolish China’s artificial islands, whose creation Chinese President Xi Jinping has cited as one of his key accomplishments. “I would just tell you,” joint staff director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie recently said, “the US military has had a lot of experience in the western Pacific taking down small islands.” By Brahma Chellaney.
Tuesday 12 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Combatting online child abuse is at the forefront of a cybercrime workshop hosted by the Pacific Island Law Officers’ Network in Nuku'alofa this week from June 12-15.
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Tuesday 12 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ‘Amanaki Lelei Centre – Sadaqah-House, a Charitable Trust in Sopu, has started offering language classes in French, Arabic and Mathematics.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new political party in Tonga, the People’s National Party – Paati Tufunga Fonua ‘a e Kakai was launched at the Tanoa Hotel, Nuku’alofa on Saturday, 9 June 2018.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Office furniture worth $110,000 pa’anga for Tonga's Legislative Assembly was donated by the New Zealand Government on June 6, as part of the Cyclone Gita recovery efforts.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vilison Finau (51) the police officer charged in relation to a road death at Vaha'akolo Road roundabout on June 1, had his case adjourned to July 30 at the Fasi Magistrate's Court.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano had his case adjourned again to June 25, to allow more time for his side to file a defence.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It is very sad to read your recent articles reporting arrests for the cultivation of marijuana. Unlike alcohol, which is toxic and leads to both violence and chronic health problems, marijuana has proven useful for the treatment of many medical conditions.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 59th birthday of HM King Tupou VI will be celebrated in Ha’apai next month. The King was born on 12 July, 1959.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
A headstone was unveiled on Jonah Lomu’s grave in Auckland today at the Manukau Memorial Gardens. Lomu passed away on 18 November 2015, less than month after he witnessed New Zealand win the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
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Monday 11 June 2018

London, UK
Britain's Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will be visiting Tonga and Fiji during their October tour to Australia and New Zealand.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Seoul, Korea
Has North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong-un, made a strategic decision to trade away his nuclear program, or is he just engaged in another round of deceptive diplomacy, pretending that he will denuclearize in exchange for material benefits for his impoverished country? There are of course no guarantees that Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with the North Korean leader will succeed. What is clear is that successful denuclearization will require a combination of bold political decisions. By Yoon Young-Kwan.
Sunday 10 June 2018

Suva, Fiji
The ‘Ikale Tahi were defeated by Georgia 16 – 15 in the opening round of the Pacific Nations Cup in Suva, Fiji on Saturday 9 June. Georgia's swarming defense frustrated the ‘Ikale Tahi throughout the match, and regularly forced Tonga's backline into lateral movements.
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Friday 8 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is finding it difficult to manage illegal dumping of rubbish, including plastic bags, in Nuku'alofa, as it celebrated World Environment Day on 5 June with the worldwide theme "Beat Plastic Pollution". Filimone Lapao’o, the Tonga goverment's Senior Environmentalist, said after Cyclone Gita, the amount of rubbish at Sopu increased so much that his department cannot manage it properly. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 8 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva was accused of "dictatorial and blatant, political interference with sport” by Lord Tupou, President of the Executive Board of TASANOC on June 6, who warned the PM that if he continued to interfere and dissolves TASANOC it may result in Tonga's suspension from the Olympic movement.
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Friday 8 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
William Clive Edwards won an appeal to dismiss a Magistrate's ruling over an unsuccessful 2012 defamation action he brought against the Kele'a and its publishers. The Lord Chief Justice on June 6 in granting Edwards's appeal said the Kele'a allegations were false and it was no excuse for 'Akilisi Pohiva to write one thing while saying that he meant to refer to something else.
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Thursday 7 June 2018

Hamilton, Canada
In many parts of the world, there are simply no more conventional freshwater resources available to meet growing demand. Beyond limiting economic development, the lack of sufficient freshwater resources threatens the wellbeing of billions of people by causing conflict, social unrest, and migration. The only way to address this challenge is by radically rethinking water-resource planning and management in a way that emphasizes the creative exploitation of unconventional water sources. By Manzoor Qadir and Vladimir Smakhtin
Thursday 7 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men received imprisonment sentences on May 29 at the Supreme Court, after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis that included seeds found to have been germinating, possibly for cultivation.
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Thursday 7 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four men were sentenced to prison for the cultivation and possession of 3894 cannabis plants at a substantial plantation in Matahau on May 4, 2017. Mr Justice Cato also noted that the Tongan courts are experiencing an increased number of drug prosecutions
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